Torchwood (UK) : Season 1

Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 2 out of 13

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    70
    Briskly paced if relatively unimpressive in its sets and effects (one "alien" more than anything resembles a Vegas showgirl), Torchwood has the fixings of a thinking-man's sci-fi series that doesn't take itself too seriously.
  2. There are a fair number of leaps of logic in the light-hearted Torchwood and mysteries abound. The special effects are generally decent and the writing and characterizations leaps and bounds better than in "Flash Gordon," "Eureka" or "The Dresden Files," to name just a few pathetic contemporary sci-fi shows.
  3. 80
    Torchwood, a cheeky and often startlingly adult spin-off.
  4. A dark and splendid "Dr. Who" spinoff with overtones of "Men in Black" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
  5. 80
    The adult show supplies shocking twists. The tone ranges from passionate to campy to scary.
  6. There's a lot to love about Torchwood, especially for fans of the early days of "The X-Files," when it was more of a clever horror anthology series and the alien conspiracy had yet to take over the plot.
  7. Torchwood is so much more tricked-out with talent and visual wizardry, moves at such breakneck speed and makes such demands on its viewers that it leaves most American TV shows in its dust.
  8. Torchwood is grand fun and great adult entertainment.
  9. A new BBC America sci-fi/thriller that's so good and unsettling and creepy that even grumps like myself can't help but be in its thrall.
  10. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Ari Karpel
    83
    After a riveting pilot, this third episode is more of a run-of-the-mill procedural, but thanks to the charismatic Tom Cruise-y Barrowman, this Captain Jack will get you bi tonight. [21 Sep 2007, p.76]
  11. Torchwood doesn't disappoint: After tonight's slam-bang premier, subsequent episodes only get more outrageous.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 104 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 47
  2. Negative: 9 out of 47
  1. mark
    Sep 8, 2007
    4
    A few ok episodes, but a humorless mess most of the time. Have no idea how they managed to make Jack Harkness such a dull and boring A few ok episodes, but a humorless mess most of the time. Have no idea how they managed to make Jack Harkness such a dull and boring character. Can't hold a candle to Dr. Who. Full Review »
  2. Jan 4, 2015
    10
    I'm just gunna pretend that Miracle day, didn't happen. However I guess that wouldn't be eas if Torchwood was real. Sorry need extraI'm just gunna pretend that Miracle day, didn't happen. However I guess that wouldn't be eas if Torchwood was real. Sorry need extra characters, hope you found this interesting. Full Review »
  3. SindreF.
    Sep 11, 2007
    8
    Not as good as Doctor Who but still awsome!